Hot Cocoa Bar Decor in 3 Easy Steps

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It’s starting to cool off once again and the timing is perfect to set up our hot cocoa bar decor! This is the third year for a hot cocoa bar and each year we add an element or switch up a few toppings to keep it interesting! 

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Hot Cocoa Party!

My kids absolutely LOVE helping me set this up! It’s like their own little hot cocoa party. They help pick the toppings; usually mini chocolate chips, marshmallows, whipped cream, sprinkles and peppermint sticks.

Then we wash my vintage Ball jars and fill them full with all the goodies!

They always anticipate coming home from school and making a hot cup of cocoa and adding all their favorite toppings. I think it makes having to do homework a little less dreadful when you have a delicious hot drink sitting next to you!

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What you need for a hot cocoa bar

Setting up a hot cocoa bar is simple! First, decide where you want to have it. Maybe you have a little nook or corner in your kitchen that would be perfect. A side board, hutch or buffet works great, too! 

Next, gather your ingredients. Here are a few ideas: 

hot chocolate bar ingredients

  • Store bought or homemade hot chocolate powder
  • marshmallows
  • cinnamon sticks
  • chocolate spoons
  • sprinkles
  • peppermint sticks
  • Hershey kisses
  • chocolate chips
  • whipped cream

Hot Cocoa Bar Decor

This is the fun part, hot cocoa bar decor! Gather jars or cute containers to store your toppings. I like to use my vintage Ball jars. Keep your toppings organized using a tray or stand. 

You can make your own banner or purchase a festive banner like this one to hang. Or choose some cute “hot cocoa” signs like this one. Tea towels also add a fun touch to the scene. 

Don’t forget the coffee cups! These disposable Christmas cups are perfect for a hot cocoa party!

This is our hot cocoa bar this year. We added a fun sign that I found at Marshall’s and a few new toppings to the mix. It really has become a staple in our Christmas decor and remains throughout the winter months. 

Tip: if you want to use everyday decor in your hot cocoa bar, look for ways to incorporate it into the look. I wanted to keep my vintage rolling pins so I simply tied some red ribbon to each one. 

hot cocoa bar decor

hot cocoa party set up

Previous years’ hot cocoa bar

Here’s a glimpse at what we’ve done in previous years for our hot cocoa bar. 

hot cocoa station

mug rack with hot cocoa sign

hot cocoa bar

The first year I used a basket to store everything in, but last year I decided to use my white cake stand. It was just the right size to fit all of the jars of goodies!

I also hung a mug rack that my hubby purchased for me as a gift and it was perfect for this space! You can find the mug rack here

cake stand on buffet

During this time, I also like to keep my KitchenAid electric kettle at the station for easy access to hot water. It’s convenient and I love the mint color that fits right in with that vintage Christmas look!

Last year I had the opportunity to work with Copper Cure, a company that specializes in 100% hammered copper mugs.

They sent me a beautiful set of four copper mugs with matching straws so you can use them hot or cold! They were a great addition to our hot cocoa station. You can check them out here! 

copper hammered mugs


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I love how our station turned out this year and even more the look on my kids’ faces when they get to make a cup!

A favorite pastime is to make a cup before piling in the car to go look at area Christmas lights. It’s a fun tradition that they’ll remember when they’re older and I love making these memories with them! 

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Hot Cocoa Station


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